The Falcons' 11 made three-pointers tied a season-high set in the season opening win at Drake.
The 35 points scored by Chicago State is the lowest points total allowed by the Falcons in a game since Denison scored just 34 points against BGSU back in 1981-82. The 35 points also marks the fewest points scored by a BGSU opponent in the history of the Stroh Center.
BGSU improves to 8-3 overall on the season and 5-1 at home with the win, while Chicago State falls to 4-13 overall with the loss.
"It was great to see us get out of the gates as well as we did. As a staff, we felt like we've been shooting the ball better in practice. At South Florida, we shot the ball better,” head coach Chris Jans said. “That first half was really, really good offensively. I thought we just did a good job of sharing the ball. We had 10 assists on 13 baskets in the first half and that was pleasing."
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“We talked a lot about not being happy with our last two defensive efforts, especially about to head into MAC play. We needed to get back to what this program was going to be about – defend, rebound and play hard. I thought we did a better job defending all night long. That was the one thing that stayed consistent over the 40 minutes."
Redshirt-senior guard Anthony Henderson led the three-point onslaught with four three-pointers and a season-high 14 points. Jehvon Clarke added 11 points on 3-of-6 shooting from the field off the bench for the Falcons.
Senior forward Richaun Holmes, who had nine points, five rebounds and four blocks, grabbed his 500th career rebound midway through the second half in the win.
The Cougars were led by Toledo native Anthony Glover and his 10 points, while Rahjan Muhammad came off the bench to add seven points, five rebounds and two steals in the loss.
After Chicago State's Glover scored on a driving layup less than a minute into the contest to put the Cougars on top early at 2-0, both teams' struggled to find points over the next several minutes until a three-pointer from the wing by Henderson at the 16:59 mark put BGSU in front by one at 3-2.
The Falcons would not relinquish the lead for the remainder of the game as a layup from Holmes kick started a 17-3 run for the home team. Three-balls from Zack Denny and Clarke helped push the lead out to 15 at 20-5 with 8:29 to play in the first half.
Bowling Green had an answer for every Chicago State basket over the next three minutes of play. Back-to-back three-pointers from Henderson, an offensive rebound and put back from Spencer Parker, another long range three from Jovan Austin, and two straight free throws from Parker pushed the Orange and Brown's lead out to 27 at 39-12 on the 14-0 run with 48 seconds to go in the opening period.
The Cougars' Muhammad would hit a layup in the lane just before the end of the half to put the score at 39-14 heading into the halftime break.
The Falcons, who connected on 8-of-15 (53.3 percent) from long range in the first half, struggled on the offensive end in the second half, shooting only 6-of-25 (24 percent) over the final 20 minutes of play. However, the BGSU defense continued to put pressure on the Cougars, who after connecting on just six field goals in the first half, made only 10 in the second half and could never get back into the game.
The Falcons got three points apiece from both Henderson and Holmes to start the second half and put the score at 45-18 with 15:38 to go in the game. Yet they failed to make another field goal over the next three and a half minutes until a three-pointer from Clarke went through the net at the 11:21 mark of the second half.
Despite the scoring lull, the Falcons' defense held CSU to just five points of its own during that span to hold on to a 51-23 lead at the 11:21 mark.
Junior Delvin Dickerson soon followed with a tough old-fashion three-point play minutes later to push the Falcons' lead to a game-high 31 points at 54-23 with just over 10 minutes remaining in the game.
The Cougars would get no closer than 23 points as Jans emptied his bench late in the 58-35 home win.
BGSU finished the game shooting 19-of-49 (38.8 percent) overall and 11-of-32 (34.4 percent) from behind the three-point line, while Chicago State was 16-of-53 (30.2 percent) from the floor and just 2-of-13 (15.4 percent) from downtown.
The Falcons also held an advantage at the free throw line as BGSU was 9-of-14 (64.3 percent) and the Cougars were just 1-of-4 (25 percent) from the charity stripe.
Bowling Green tallied 14 assists on 19 baskets and outscored the Cougars 17-8 in points off turnovers and 7-4 in fast break points.
The Falcons (8-3) will open up Mid-American Conference play on Wednesday, Jan. 7, at Kent State at 7 p.m.
(Courtesy of BGSU Athletics/MRO Edit)